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Do you need a Dropped Kerb in Bleak Hills? For lots of people, parking outside their own home can be both a cause of stress and come at a financial cost if you need to pay for a resident’s permit.

In certain urban areas, it can continue to be difficult to find a spot to leave your car near to home.

A kerb drop is a legal necessity if you want to drive across the pavement onto your residential or commercial property.

Any access onto a public highway from a domestic or commercial driveway area must have a vehicle crossover.

Kerb dropping allows vehicles to cross the pavement from the road to a driveway and it is a legal necessity if you wish to drive across the pavement onto your property.

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Putting in a vehicle access crossover can make a huge improvement to accessing your property as well as helping to ensure people do not park in front of your driveway.

The law pertaining to the access states: If you plan to drive a vehicle over the footway in to your driveway off a highway, then you will need to make these changes to your access.

If you do not, you must never drive over the footway. If you do this, you are breaking the law and enforcement action could be taken to stop such practice.

The pavement may require to be reinforced in front of the building, and in some cases, it may be essential for lampposts, manhole covers and various other street furniture to be relocated.

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Kerb drops, also known as vehicle access crossovers, are an adaptation to the footpath. It entails lowering the kerb and preparing new foundations to the paving to make it possible for a car to be driven onto the front area of a property.

The work involves lowering the kerbstones and strengthening the pavement to create a ramp, and must only be performed by an authorised provider with Street Works Accreditation, and who have the necessary Public Liability insurance to comply with the local authorities requirements.

Vehicle access cross overs consist normally of 3 or 4 dropped kerbs with a tapered or transition kerb on either side. The standard maximum total width at road level for a VAC is 3.6 metres (i.e. normally 4 kerbs).

We have many years experience in installing drop kerbs and applying for the appropriate planning permission. We can work in conjunction with your local county council  whilst abiding by all essential regulations.

You can either apply to your local council for approval for kerb dropping outside your building or we can apply to your local authority in your place.

We are members of the Streetworks Qualifications Register (SWQR). The SWQR holds details of qualified providers who have gained the proper qualifications in regard to the New Roads and Street Works Act 1991, which is essential for any contractor excavating a highway.

We concentrate on delivering a product that gets it correct the first time. By buying high quality materials, equipment and processes, we ensure that we deliver lasting and affordable solutions that will last.

We pride ourselves on our exceptional workmanship and customer care and we ensure that every job is carried out to the finest quality standards.

Our staff can check out your site to perform a free no-obligation survey. This allows our surfacing contractors to completely understand your requirements and provide an accurate and competitive quote.

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Bleak Hills Kerb Dropping Contractors

The massive growth in demand for off-street parking has seen more and more people drop kerbs to establish car standing at the front of their homes.

Study by home insurer Direct Line shows that off-street parking is seen by estate agents as a desirable feature which adds market value to a property. This, coupled with increasing parking limitations in many residential areas, has brought about planning applications  increase greatly over recent years.

But while putting in car standing space to the front of your home can add market value to your property, there are many things to take into consideration, not least environmental issues, and flooding is a major worry.

When you replace a front lawn with hard standing, rainwater can no longer soak into the ground. As increasingly more households take this step, the cumulative effect seriously increases the danger of flooding, so it’s important to include drainage in your plans.

Planning permission is usually required if you wish to drop the kerb outside your building to permit a car to cross the pavement. This is because the pavement might need to be reinforced to take the weight of motor vehicles and prevent them from damaging the surface or any water pipes or cables beneath. It is in addition to ensure the new access will never be a safety hazard to other highway users.

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You can find out if you need planning permission by getting in touch with your local council (you can find the relevant council at the government website). How much it costs to apply will depend upon your location.

If permission is given, you then you need to locate a local professional to perform the work for you.

It’s certainly not a DIY job as the council will have requirements that contractors must meet. Several will only permit you to use their endorsed contractors, while others allow you to use your own, provided that they are certified to the requirements of the New Roads and Street Works Act 1991, and hold public liability insurance. For this case, there might be an additional charge for highway assessments by the council.

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But first it’s worth verifying if permission is likely to be given. Below is a list of points to consider. If any one of these criteria is not really met, planning permission is most likely to be refused:

  • Your front garden must be big enough for you to park your vehicle completely on your property.
  • The kerb must be at minimum 4.8 m from the front of your house; or 6m if the parking spot is in front of a door or garage.
  • The parking area should be at least 2.4 m wide.
  • The proposed access to your property should be more than 10m away from a road junction; 15m away from busy junctions or on primary roads.
  • It has to be at least 1.5 m away from street lamps and various other street furniture.
  • It must meet visibility guidelines; this depends on the type of road.
  • Suitable drainage must be provided to take the surplus surface water.
    The extraction of tree roots should be avoided.
  • The slope from your home to the road must not be too steep.
  • Finally, you as the property owner must consent to the kerb being dropped; for instance, a renter can not apply on their landlord’s behalf.

Q and A’s

Prices will vary depending on your location, width of pavement, the number of kerbs to drop and if you want to extend an existing dropped kerb. Some councils and contractors provide an extended dropped curb for no cost, while others charge up to £1800. The job itself usually takes around 1 to 2 days.

Highways Act 1980 Section 184 states that it is an offense to drive a vehicle on a footway or verge if there isn’t a proper vehicle crossing. These include the permission for a vehicle to cross the public footway and the physical lowering the kerb.

For an average driveway, you will probably want to lower five kerb sections. You will need to obtain permission from your local Council as highway authority, assuming that the Council owns the road and footpath. The Council may refuse to grant permission as either a roads authority or a planning authority, or both.

A dropped kerb is a sloped area that the vehicle crosses between the road and the property’s front. Often it is a driveway with a dropped kerb.

If you park your vehicle partially or completely across a dropped kerb, it is considered obstruction. This can be enforced either by the police and the council. It doesn’t matter how absurd, you can be issued an NPCN for parking your vehicle across your dropped kerb.

Parking across a dropped curb is a parking offense that can lead to a Penalty Fee Notice. You can be fined for parking on a dropped kerb if you don’t have permission.

Adding a spot for a car will undoubtedly bring extra value to your property, but the amount will naturally depend on whereabouts you live. Also, you must apply for a drop kerb to your property.

The distance between the entrance of a junction or sharp corner, and the proposed vehicular entry must not exceed 10 meters. The vehicle must not be parked within 10 metres of any road or pavement.

If you want to remove the curb from your property in order to permit a vehicle to cross the pavement, planning permission will usually be required. This is because the pavement may need to be strengthened to take the weight of vehicles and prevent them from damaging the surface or any pipes or cables underneath

Dropped kerb is required if you plan to drive your vehicle across the footway from your driveway onto a highway. You must have a dropped kerb in order to drive your vehicle over the footway. If you do, you will be in violation of the law. Enforcement action may be taken to stop you from doing so.

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